Playing by the book

Reviews of kids' books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do

12 holiday stays for bookaholics

Earlier this week I was contacted by a blog reader who is spending a few weeks in the UK and wanted some advice about the children’s literature highlights she shouldn’t miss whilst in the country. This got me thinking about dream places to stay for all of us who love to read. Recently a central […]

The Katie Morag Treasury / Books with a strong sense of location

Over the last couple of year’s I’ve read quite a lot about how children’s books with a very specific cultural setting are not favoured by publishers because it is hard to sell rights widely; publishers are keen for “universal” stories which translate (literally and figuratively) well across borders and languages. Whilst I understand publishers’ drive […]

It’s an Orange Aardvark!

I do love a book full of holes. Tights with holes? No thank you. A bike tyre with a hole? What a pain. But a book with holes? Yes PLEASE! There are some all-time classic books with holes in them: Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Ahlbergs’ Peepo. More recently there’s the exuberant Peck, Peck, […]

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